United Arab Emirates prison time dropped for transgender Singaporean, friend

Nur Qistina Fitriah Ibrahim, a transgender woman who has not undergone a sex-change operation, and her friend, freelance fashion photographer Muhammad Fadli Bin Abdul Rahman, were arrested at Abu Dhabi's Yas Mall in United Arab Emirates on August 9.

By: AP | Dubai | Published: August 28, 2017 3:40:30 pm
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A transgender Singaporean and her friend facing a year in prison in the United Arab Emirates for dressing in a feminine way have seen their sentences reduced to a fine and deportation. That’s according to an official involved in negotiations over the fate of the two who spoke to The Associated Press on Monday. A separate report today in The National, a state-linked newspaper in Abu Dhabi, quoted an unnamed Emirati official also saying the two would merely face a fine of 10,000 dirhams about $2,270 and deportation.

Nur Qistina Fitriah Ibrahim, a transgender woman who has not undergone a sex-change operation, and her friend, freelance fashion photographer Muhammad Fadli Bin Abdul Rahman, were arrested at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall on August 9.

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